Changing Channels

The Suez Canal is a symbol of Arab nationalism. It’s also a damn good source of national income.

A bullet-riddled window of the Port Said Lighthouse amid the Anglo-French invasion of Egypt, January 1957. In the water below, a Norwegian tanker exits the Suez Canal after spending two months trapped in the contested waterway.

The precarity of passage through the narrow Suez Canal has been underscored a number of times in recent years, most famously with the entrapment of the Ever Given in March 2021, but more recently with the brief grounding of the China-bound cargo ship MV Glory in early January 2023. The Suez Canal is a hard-won […]